Random reading03 Dec 2013
Did you know there was a fork of Bacula named Bareos? Not I. Not sure whether to pronounce it "bar-ee-os" or "bear-o-s". Got Kern Sibbald, Bacula's creator, rather upset. He promises to bring over "any worthwhile features"...which is good, because there are a lot.
Post by Matthew Green titled "How does the NSA break SSL?". Should be reading that now but I'm writing this instead.
I have not read The Phoenix Project, which makes me a bad person for reacting so viscerally to things like "A personal reinterpretation of the three ways" and the self-congratulatory air of the headshot gallery. I'm trying to figure out why I react this way, and whether it's justified or just irrational dislike of people I perceive as outsiders. Seriously, though, the Information Technology Process Institute?
Got Netflix at home? Got IPv6? That might be why they think you're in Switzerland and change your shows accordingly. In my case, they thought I was in the US and offered to show "30 Rock" and "Europa Report"...until I tried to actually stream them and they figured out the truth. Damn.
Test-Driven Infrastructure with Chef. Have not used Chef before, but I like the approach the author uses in the first half of the book: here's what you need to accomplish, so go do it. The second half abandons this...sort of unfortunate, but I'm not sure explaining test infrastructure libraries (ServerSpec, etc) would work well in this approach. Another minor nitpick: there's a lot of boilerplate output from Chef et al that could easily be cut. Overall, though, I really, really like this book.